Rangers ace Alfredo Morelos has been incredibly involved in EIGHT out of nine goals against Royal Antwerp as the forward returns to form
RANGERS star Alfredo Morelos was back at his best over two sets against Royal Antwerp.
The Light Blues forward has been incredibly involved in EIGHT of the team’s nine goals in the last 32 Europa League games.
Steven Gerrard’s men comfortably passed the Belgian team at Ibrox, making the combined score line an odd 9-5.
Goals from Morelos, Covid offender Nathan Patterson, Ryan Kent, Borna Barisic and Cedric Itten sealed the final victory in Glasgow.
It was a superb game, with both teams showing off their attacking qualities on both legs.
And although he may have only scored once in the European end-to-end meeting, Morelos played a pivotal role in advancing to the knockout stages.
SunSport analyzes the Colombian’s involvement throughout the two Gers victories.
Objective 1 – Joe Aribo
Perhaps not the clearest implication of the goals scored in this draw, but Morelos gets the assist for it.
Connor Goldson played Kemar Roofe behind the defense, only to be met by Bieranvand in the goal.
Morelos then tried to squeeze in and managed to put a gash on the ball to push it into Aribo’s path.
The attacking midfielder came home from afar and took advantage of the goalkeeper leaving his post.
Goal 2 – Borna Barisic
As the Gers struggled to come back in the opener after falling 2-1, Morelos won a penalty for his side.
Kent and Barisic bonded well on the left side of the pitch, with the Croatian crossing from the waiting line.
His cross was aimed at Morelos in the center of the box.
And the striker would have had a clear head on goal if he hadn’t been dragged by the Antwerp defender.
Goal 3 – Ryan Kent
This goal will certainly be remembered for the individual brilliance of Kent.
But Morelos produced a skillful layoff as the pair played a one-two inside the box.
This allowed the winger to go further inside the field and put the ball on his right foot to unleash a powerful strike into the net.
Objective 4 – Borna Barisic
Morelos crossed the ball for Kent, whose shot took off from the defender’s arm.
This allowed Barisic to win for the second time in the game and give Gerrard’s side a vital away lead in the draw.
Goal 5 – Alfredo Morelos
The moment the striker deserved after all his efforts on the European draw.
The Gers star got off to a great start at Ibrox tonight, hitting an empty net.
He and Ianis Hagi put pressure on the visitor’s defense, forcing an error to capitalize on.
Hagi played the ball on the way to Morelos and he was right on the finish.
Goal 6 – Nathan Patterson
You definitely couldn’t write this one.
Drafted immediately after breaking the coronavirus rules, Patterson, 19, gave the Light Blues a 2-1 lead overnight just seconds after being replaced by Leon Balogun at halftime.
The right-back was slipped behind by Morelos, who came in deep to receive the ball from Hagi after a wonderful improvisation.
Goal 7 – Ryan Kent
A great Rangers team goal.
It all started with a superb one-touch pass in their own half, before the midfielder passed the ball up to Morelos deep in the Antwerp half.
He showed great skill in kicking the ball past his marker, then sent the ball speedily to Kent, who showed great poise to guide it into the net.
Goal 8 – Borna Barisic
Last but not least, the striker won another penalty for Borna Barisic.
The hitman did an excellent job of getting his man fired before he got caught on entering the club.
The decision was reviewed by VAR, but the referee’s appeal was upheld and the left-back hammered confidently at home.
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Meanwhile, Morelos has been widely praised for showing great sportsmanship against Royal Antwerp tonight.
El Bufalo was bare on the opposition’s surface as he chased a Hagi channel ball.
However, as the Colombian returned the ball to the wing, defender Jeremy Gelin appeared to be receiving treatment from a hamstring injury.
This left the striker with a glaring gap to get closer to the Antwerp goal and potentially add a second of the night for the home side.
However, the admirably hitting 24-year-old slowed down, turned and passed the ball out of play in a warm act of play.
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